DWC soccer seeks scoring bump

NASHUA – If there’s one thing Daniel Web­ster College men’s soccer coach Matt Correia could change about this year’s Eagles squad, it’s the numbers they’re putting up on the scoreboard.

Those digits aren’t as high as he’d like.

Indeed, the Eagles had their second scoreless tie of the season this past weekend against tough conference foe Regis. If they want to capture their third straight New Eng­land Collegiate Confer­ence title and get back to the NCAA tourney, they’re going to have to put the ball in the net at a better rate. They went into Tues­day’s scheduled game vs. non-conference foe with just 15 goals in 12 games. Good thing they are only allowing an average of 1.25 goals a game – be­cause heading into Tues­day, that’s what they were scoring.

The Eagles are 5-4-3 overall, and 2-0-2 in the NECC. Their other tie was 1-1 vs. Southern Vermont. They have three non-con­ference games in a row, slated to host Endicott Tuesday, and are hosting Pine Manor on Thursday and Dean College on Sat­urday.

Thus, there’s time to work on the problem with­out any serious conse­quences.

Leaders and local prod­ucts Ian Hutchinson (Li­tchfield) and Marcos Viei­ra Filho have either been heavily marked or battling

yet to score and Vieira Filho has one goal. injuries; Hutchinson has

“You’re talking about two of our leading scorers from last year,” Correia said. “You’ve got to find ways to score.”

Kevin Herrera has, as he’s put four in the net. Michael Ottman, a senior, has three.

The Eagles did manage six goals in a win over conference foe Becker, but that’s almost half their output of 14.

“Marcos has been deal­ing with an injury all season, and Hutchinson has been really battling. These things usually come in bunches.”

The Eagles are averag­ing 17.5 shots a game.

However, quantity hasn’t produced quality.

“We’re going to get op­portunities,” Correia said. “Creating chances hasn’t been a problem. It’s just finishing.”

One thing Correia did this season was beef up the non-conference schedule, playing teams like Endicott, Plymouth State, and, for the first time, Keene State.